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Horticulture - City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma (720) at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Advanced Technical qualifications are popular options for school leavers and young adults. They combine practical-based skills with academic theory, classroom study and external visits.

The City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) is a one-year, six-unit, course broadly equivalent to one A Level, whilst the two-year, 12-unit, City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720) is equivalent to two A Levels and ideal for progression to Higher Education. Students who successfully complete the Certificate can, if they wish, progress directly to the second year of the Diploma.

Course content

On the City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360) students learn about different plant species, how plants grow, the types of soil needed to maximise growth and how plants transport water and nutrients. Additional units cover the management of plant propagation techniques (plant division, taking cuttings, grafting and seed sowing/ germination), maintaining turf (from lawns and wildflower meadows to professional sports pitches), outdoor horticultural production techniques (crops, trees, shrubs, roses, bedding plants, bulbs, cut flowers and edible crops), land-based machinery and exterior plant displays for garden design and landscaping.

Students who choose the two-year Diploma route can further their horticultural knowledge during the second year of their programme. This covers business management in horticulture (finance, marketing and business analysis), the principles of organic crop production and a work experience module in the horticulture industry. Additional units cover the identification, selection and use of ornamental plants, horticultural production techniques in glasshouses and polytunnels, and an investigative project in the horticulture sector.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 3 qualification, students may also have the opportunity to undertake supplementary awards (some at additional cost); for example in dry stone walling, the safe use of pesticides or tractor driving.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above (including English Language and Maths or Science), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Certificate at Pass including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Level 3 City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate (360), and then Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (720), will enable students to progress to Higher Education if desired, although students seeking a more academic course should also consider the Level 3 City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diploma (1080) in Animal Management which contains an additional six units compared to the Diploma.

Career Opportunities include Garden Centre work, nursery work, garden maintenance and design, landscaping, grounds maintenance contractor, assistant gardener in private grounds.

Further information

With a strong public interest in gardening and plants, horticulture is becoming a
rapid growth area. Career opportunities exist for gardeners and head gardeners in both private and public parks and gardens. Additional employment areas include specialist nurseries, garden centres, local authorities and grounds maintenance contractors.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners. The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Horticulture courses at Myerscough College cover an extensive range of plant production and service sector skills; from garden maintenance to landscape design and plant propagation.

Plant knowledge is fundamental to all courses and each course is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for a career in horticulture. Particular emphasis is also given to the management skills required to run a successful horticultural business.

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Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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